How To Sell Silver Plated Silverware and Flatware

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Knowing how to sell silver plated silverware and flatware can at times be tricky. I was in the antique business for over 15 years (and I still dabble) and silverplate was one of the things that I loved to buy and sell.

I found that most people are not very knowledgeable about silver plate and there was a lot of misconceptions out there about how much you could sell silver plate and flatware for and where to sell silver plate and flatware.

It doesn't matter if you have a houseful or just a few items, it you are looking at selling silver plate  there are a few things that you should know so that you get the most cash for what you have.

Do's and Don'ts For Shopping At Thrift Stores

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do's and don'ts for shopping at thrift storesWhat are the do's and don'ts for buying at thrift stores?

You know that not everything in there is a treasure but you don't want to overlook any hidden gems either.

You can become an expert thrift store shopper knowing what the best strategies are.

No one can deny you can save money in thrift stores but you have to know how to spend smartly. 

Best Garnish - How to Garnish With Lemon Balm

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How to Garnish with Lemon Balm 2.jpgA garnish really does make a meal look as if you spent some time on it. But what is the best garnish to use?

There are a million different food garnishes you can put on sweet, savory and sour plates but what is one that you could use for all?

The best garnish I have found is Lemon Balm. It can garnish desserts, drinks, meat and cocktails.

Lemon Balm is surprisingly easy to grow in gardens or pots so you can always have it on hand during the warm weather.

Antique Golf Prints for Father's Day - Printable

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antique golf print test.jpgAntique golf prints make an interesting and unusual Father's Day gift.

When you are looking for something a little different for Father's Day you can be assured that he hasn't seen these before.

Great for the golf enthusiast these show how children were originally taught to play the game of golf.

The clothing and the golf clubs were top of the line for the day.

These images are about 1910 and would look great framed in your father's study.

How To Buy A Castle

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One of the main points of More Style Than Cash is to save you money on the small things so you can enjoy the really big things in life.

In case you have squirreled away a sizable chunk of change and was thinking about upgrading to  something a little more palatial I thought we could discuss the ins and outs of buying a castle.

Castles come up for sale more often than you would think and they are not like buying other properties as they have their own set of challenges you should know about.

Even if your budget doesn't let you splurge quite yet here are somethings to think about.

Shoe Repair - Ten Secrets From An Expert

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Shoe repair
Shoes can be heartbreaking. You find a gorgeous pair of shoes on sale in your size and life is glorious. But when a heel breaks, a strap snaps or a seam splits that joy can turn to regret and sorrow.

Your best friend can be a shoe repairman. But is there something you should know about shoe repair even before you lose your heart to those perfect pair of pumps.

Joe Goias of the Village Cobbler has been in the shoe repair business for over 25 years and has trained and worked with some of the best in the business. He has seen the good, bad and ugly in shoe repair and has a wealth of knowledge that he is always willing to share.

Here are his top 10 tips to get your most from your shoes and shoe repairs.

Gift Under $10 - Gifting Champagne/Bubbly

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gift under $10Gifts for under $10 can be hard to find. You want something that looks a lot more than what you have spent!

Trying to find a gift for under $10 can be frustrating if you are browsing through low end stores. Everything that you find there just screams cheap.

One of my favorite gifts to give is a bottle of bubbly and since presentation is everything this never looks cheap.

Easy to find and quick to make up, if you need an elegant gift for under $10 this might be your best bet.

How To Make A Lily Of The Valley Arrangement

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How to Make a Lily of the Valley flower arrangement
It is easy to learn how to make a Lily of the Valley arrangement. These highly scented little flowers are fabulous to have in the house. 

My garden is filled with flowers that have scent or sentiment  (I remember the same flowers from my mother's garden as a child) and to have these in the home always brings a smile to my lips.

Lily of the Valley are a very romantic flowers and you will see them often used in bridal bouquets in the spring time. As in all flowers there are little tricks on how to make an arrangement with Lily of the Valley.

How to Make a Wine Glass Lamp

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Make a wine glass table lampI designed these little Wine Glass Lamps because there have been many times where I need a temporary light that I wanted to look pretty. 

If I am hosting a party I don't want long hallways or unused rooms to be dark so placing these little lamps about gives the right amount of light.

Wine Glass Lamps are also useful if you are hosting a party outside but want light to show the way to the powder room or kitchen. Here I am showing it on a buffet table.

They are based on the idea of making wine glasses into candles but these can be placed out unattended without the fear of fire since they are electric.
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